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Category: Fifa

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Michel Platini, four years on from his downfall, still stalks the stage | Barney Ronay

The Frenchman wanted to be his own man and to parade as some kind of sporting conscience but in the end he found himself beaten thin and ultimately lost within the machineAs the sun-bleached August prelims fade away and the season proper kicks into gea…

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Fifa Puskás Award 2019: breakdown of the 10-strong shortlist

Fifa has released a 10-goal shortlist, featuring Billie Simpson of Cliftonville Ladies, Lionel Messi and Andros TownsendThe Puskás Award, named after the Hungary legend, is given to the best goal scored in the last 12 months. Notable winners include Cr…

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Manchester City fined by Fifa over recruitment of players under 18

• City fined more than £310,000 but avoid transfer window ban • ‘The club accepts responsibility for the breaches’Manchester City have avoided a transfer embargo from Fifa, instead being fined 370,000 Swiss francs (approx £314,000) for a breach of regu…

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Maryam Shojaei helps Iran’s female football fans carry fight for admission | Suzanne Wrack

Gianni Infantino’s efforts have not had much impact and, with World Cup qualifiers soon, the wait to attend games continues“They think that, if they give up on this, it’s a noose for them,” says Maryam Shojaei. “People will ask for more. If they give i…

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Women’s football needs more than extra World Cup spots to flourish | Samantha Lewis

The reasons behind Fifa’s move to increase the number of teams from 24 to 32 are noble but unrealistic According to Gianni Infantino, the reasoning behind Fifa’s decision to expand number of teams at the Women’s World Cup from 24 to 32 is twofold: to f…

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Fifa’s VAR bumbling hurt a World Cup in which the women’s game shone | Hope Solo

The greatest US team I have seen held off opponents who are rapidly closing the gap. Meanwhile, the game’s governing body hit a lowI had to wipe away a few tears as the final whistle blew on Sunday. It was emotional watching friends and former teammate…

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Megan Rapinoe attacks Fifa: ‘A terrible idea to put everything on the same day’ – video

Megan Rapinoe has taken a swipe at Fifa the day before her USA side play in the women’s World Cup final. ‘It is terrible scheduling for everyone.’ the co-captain said. She added: ‘Obviously there are two other finals going on but this is the World Cup …

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Megan Rapinoe attacks Fifa over World Cup schedule clash and prize money

• ‘Unbelievable’ Copa América and Gold Cup conclude on Sunday• USA star criticises women’s prize pot of $30m vs men’s $400mMegan Rapinoe has launched a scathing attack on Fifa, accusing the game’s governing body of “disrespecting” the women’s game by s…

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Fifa’s Gianni Infantino wants 32-team Women’s World Cup finals for 2023

• President calls for increase from 24 in current tournament• Infantino also proposes doubling prize money to £48mThe Fifa president, Gianni Infantino, has said he wants to expand the Women’s World Cup finals to 32 teams from 24 for the next edition in…

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Fifa opens disciplinary proceedings over Cameroon’s behaviour in World Cup loss

• Fifa will look into ‘alleged breaches’ of disciplinary code• Incidents occurred during 3-0 defeat to England in last 16Fifa has formally opened disciplinary proceedings against Cameroon over their players’ behaviour in Sunday’s Women’s World Cup defe…

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Fifa investigating Cameroon behaviour in World Cup defeat against England

• Fifa could retrospectively sanction Cameroon players• Referee Qin Liang’s performance given all clearFifa is holding a priority investigation, to be concluded within 48 hours, into the behaviour of the Cameroon team during their 3-0 loss to England i…

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Africa Cup of Nations needs action on field to provide good news | Nick Ames

The best players have made it to Egypt and some new names should make the tournament tight and competitiveThe blue and orange seats of Cairo International Stadium make an attractive spectacle and the playing surface, at least when set against the feroc…

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Fifa’s dirty laundry does not cause such a stench in murky times of today | Marina Hyde

In a world of pee tapes, poisonings and cybersecurity attacks, news such as Michel Platini’s detention does not feel quite the full-spectrum scandal it once would have beenI’m so glad that sporticidal Fifa president Gianni Infantino got to enjoy his se…

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‘I’m hurt’: Platini says questioning over Qatar World Cup was painful – video

Former Uefa president Michel Platini said he was hurt by questioning from French authorities after he was detained over the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar. Platini, who has never denied voting for the Gulf state in December 2010, was ques…

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Women’s World Cup hit by empty seats and Fifa’s warped priorities

Great on-field achievements at France 2019 are undermined by the governing body’s apparent undervaluing of the eventFrom fans finding pre-tournament that they would be seated separately from friends and family, to exaggerated ticket sales and overzealo…

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Michel Platini detained over award of 2022 World Cup to Qatar

Former Uefa president detained in ParisPlatini taken into custody as part of investigationThe banned former Uefa president and France football legend Michel Platini has been detained in connection with a criminal investigation into alleged corruption r…

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Women’s World Cup 2019: talking points from the first week of action

Fifa’s ticket policy, French sarcasm, colourful supporters and teams making their World Cup debut have grabbed attentionThe word on the street in Nice and Le Havre – well, mainly from the mouths of taxi drivers but they’re usually a decent barometer – …

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Pity the poor man who’s had the Women’s World Cup shoved down his throat | Marina Hyde

From Mr Inferior Product to Mr I Prefer Parks, the tournament has caused a cosmic imbalance that we must redressOnce again I am hugely grateful to the community that will not allow us to forget the great under-reported story of this Women’s World Cup: …

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Afghanistan’s football president banned for life for sexual abuse

• Keramuudin Karim fined a million Swiss dollars• Fifa says he abused his position of powerThe suspended Afghanistan Football Federation president, Keramuudin Karim, has been banned for life from all football-related activity and fined a million Swiss …

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Chelsea appeal against transfer ban to court of arbitration for sport

• Club due to be banned from signings for two windows• Move comes after Fifa rejected Chelsea’s appealChelsea have appealed to the court of arbitration for sport over the two-window transfer ban imposed by Fifa after the club were found guilty of breac…